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John Gould Parakeets. Platycercus Brownii, Brown's Parrakeets lithograph c1848

John Gould Parakeets. Platycercus Brownii, Brown's Parrakeets lithograph c1848

by Gould, John

Platycercus Brownii, Brown's Parrakeets. Original hand-coloured lithograph of Australian Parrots by Henry Constantine Richter for John Gould's Birds of Australia (the finest series ever done on Australian Birds), published in London between 1840 and 1848 by 'The Bird Man', John Gould (1804-1881). 

John Gould was a brilliant ornithologist who devoted his life to the study of birds. He had a fine eye for detail and knew his limitations as an artist, so employed the finest lithographers of the day and closely monitored their work. Also an astute businessman, Gould sold subscriptions to each set of magnificent volumes of birds, prior to their publication to subsidize the work. In the case of his Birds of Australia his expenses included travelling to and around Australia to observe the birds in their native habitat and to obtain as many specimens as possible - while his wife remained in Tasmania, combining what she saw with her husbands notes on each bird and its habitat, and preparing sketches for the lithographs to be completed on their return to England. Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) completed around 600 lithographs for her husband's grand works, and died after the birth of their eighth child..

This is one of Gould's finest compositions. In good condition, with beautiful hand-color, this original hand-coloured lithograph is of course much nicer than the digital image. The size of the page, as issued, is 535 mm x 370 mm (21 inches x 14.5 inches).

Stock Number: apJGa372.5PPrice: $5,400.00